Dan Ashby

How I interview Testers…


I’ve been conducting a lot of interviews recently and I thought I’d share my format for asking questions and stemming conversations that works well for me to be able to determine if the candidate is the right person for the job when it comes to skills, experience, mindset and remaining relevant in the industry.

Here is the format that I tend to follow:

(Start at the top right with “intro” and read clockwise).

Sometimes, depending on the candidate, I might ask them to test a fictional requirement at the end too, such as a chair, a blank sheet of paper or a mug… I’ll always have a different purpose for each item than the standard use for it (e.g. the chair might be a doll house chair, the paper might be sugar paper and the mug might be to store pens on my desk, etc).

It’s important to remember that all of these questions are just the basis for conversations, and context is key in the conversations too!

And there are no set rules, You don’t have to ask all of these questions, or ask them in any set order. The one thing I do suggest you do though, is if you get the strong impression that you aren’t going to employ the person within the first 5 minutes of speaking to them, then it would work wonders for them and yourself if you start to talk to them about some of the misconceptions and teach them about testing. Help them get better.
Or at the very least, supply them with some useful blog names for them to look at and enhance their skills to become a better tester.

Hope this helps!